The GLAAD Daily: DADT in Court Again, Trans Woman Attacked in Seattle, Lyon-Martin and More

Dan Woods
Dan Woods today will appear before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the Log Cabin Republicans and argue that the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law is unconstitutional, affirming a lower court's 2010 ruling. Woods claimed, “The repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ doesn’t say anything about the future. It doesn’t (explicitly) say homosexuals can serve. A new Congress or new president could come back and reinstitute it. We need our case to survive so there is a constraint on the government to prevent it from doing this again.” In other military news, Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola, the judge presiding over the case against Lt. Dan Choi, who was arrested after attaching himself to a White House fence in protest of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," on Wednesday put Choi's trial on hold and said he believes Choi has shown, at least preliminarily, that he is being treated differently because of what he was protesting. In USA Today, Ineke Mushovic of the Movement Advancement Project discussed advances in equality for LGBT people, but said, "such advances can obscure the substantial inequality still faced by gay and transgender Americans who live in an increasingly two-tiered system, depending largely on where they reside." Mushovic goes on to highlight inequalities faced by LGBT people in the U.S.  The piece highlights many of the findings from the organization’s 2011 Momentum Report. On Wednesday, CNN’s Piers Morgan asked former Sen. Rick Santorum (R) about several anti-gay comments he has made as well as his anti-gay positions. Santorum cited his faith and said, "The Catholic church teaches that homosexuality is a sin, I'm a Catholic and I subscribe to the Catholic Church's teaching. But that's not relevant from the standpoint of how I view these issues from a public policy point of view." Hoover High School Principal Don Hulin on Wednesday released a statement affirming Sara Couvillon's right to wear a t-shirt displaying a message in support of LGBT people after she was initially told not to wear the shirt. The Southern Poverty Law Center had threatened to file a lawsuit on behalf of Couvillon. The Seattle Police Department said it does not have enough information to currently label the attack on a 21-year-old transgender woman as a hate crime. The woman was beaten by another woman with a baseball bat after being followed by the woman and a man. Lyon-Martin Health Services, a San Francisco clinic that serves women and transgender people, started accepting new patients on Wednesday, eight months after it closed because of financial issues. The Franklin & Marshall College Poll in August found that 50% of Pennsylvanians either strongly or somewhat favor "a constitutional amendment that would allow homosexual couples to get legally married." Bryan Blaise, former student of Florida teacher Jerry Buell, recently told The New Civil Rights Movement about a moment when "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" came up in Buell's classroom. Blaise: "I looked up when he said he supported gays in the military, stunned by the answer. He immediately followed that comment with the statement that we should then put them on the front lines, and pull back. Disgusted at the thought of violence and murder of humans being vocally supported, I shut my book and walked out of class, the only time I would ever do this during my educational career."